Meshes of the Afternoon

Maya Deren (1943)

I’m taking a class that is structured around  Avant-Garde filmmakers and this is one of the films we viewed. Even though the definition of Avant-Garde often changes the general idea is that it’s experimental film making. The films we’ve watched do not have linear editing and generally have angles and concepts that are not seen in mainstream film. The idea behind this kind of filmmaking is all expressionism. I think it’s refreshing to see films that were made nearly 75 years ago still able to turn heads. This film in particular has very puzzling and eerie undertones but is still aesthetically pleasing.


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